Online Training Opportunities

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) at FEMA offers online courses to help you broaden your knowledge of the Incident Command System. The EMI has Incident Command System (ICS) curricula with courses that meet the requirements specified in the national Incident Management System (NIMS).

Recommended courses:









IS-55 Household Hazardous Materials - A Guide for Citizens

Course Overview

This course was designed for the general public. The course will introduce you to household hazardous materials and things you can do to protect yourself and your family from injury or death.

  • In the 1st unit, you will learn about basic chemical and physical properties, the ways chemicals enter your body, and the effects chemicals have on your body.
  • In the 2nd and 3rd units, you will learn about cleaning products, lead, mercury, gasoline, compressed gases, carbon monoxide, medical supplies, chlorine, pesticides, and much more.
  • In the last two units, you will cover labels, personal protective equipment, proper disposal methods, preventive measures to take before natural disasters, and less toxic alternatives.

Dangers from chemical products depend greatly on the individuals using them. Chemicals are safe to use when people read the directions and use them correctly.

This course is available on-line as an interactive web-based course. It will take 1 to 3 hours to complete all the units and take the final exam. There are several interactive activities throughout the course. These activities are optional and not content based, however, you are encouraged to view them, as they will reinforce content learned.

CEUs: 0.3 

IS-7 A Citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance

Course Overview

This independent study course provides a basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the local community, State, and the federal government in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management who need a general introduction to disaster assistance.

CEUs: 1.0

IS-22 Are You Ready? An in-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

Course Overview

The "Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive.

There are real benefits to being prepared.

• Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters.
Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event
of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to
evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care
for their basic medical needs.

• People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flood proofing, elevating a
home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that could
shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely.

By reading and following the instructions in this guide you and your family can say, Yes, we are ready!